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Former World No. 1 Serena Williams capped a fortnight of perfect tennis on Sunday after beating World No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in three sets with a 6-1 5-7 6-2 scoreline and won her fifth Wimbledon title and fourteenth Major title in total. With this victory, Serena also tied with her sister Venus Williams in Wimbledon titles – now both have five Wimbledon trophies.
The powerful American made a terrific start to the match as she allowed Radwanska to win only a single game - and thoroughly dominated the proceedings in the first set. Radwanska just could not match up with the swiftness and ferocity of Serena, who pounced upon the Pole from the very start and won the lop-sided first set - by stamping her authority. The American took only 36 minutes to win the first set. Serena served beautifully in the first set, as she smacked 3 aces, earned 87% points on her first serve and converted 2 out of 6 break-points. Radwanska did not have a break-point opportunity in the first set.
Serena took the momentum of the first set into second and raced to a 3-1 lead. And, it appeared at one time that she would run away with the match and title. But, just when everything was looking in American’s favor – Radwanska made her presence felt as she kept coming back in testing rallies and created those stiff angles to get the better of Serena. To everyone’s surprise at the Center Court – Radwanska broke the American in the eighth game of the second-set and equalized the proceedings. And, then she broke Serena again in the twelfth game to take the battle into the final set.
Final set saw some tremendous tennis action between both contenders, but in the end experience paved the path for victory – for the World No. 6, as she broke the Pole in the fifth and eighth games to win the title. Once again, Serena showed why she is such a torrent force on tour.
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